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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Leadership Development

Prof. Ravindra Ojha, Director SOET visited Jamna Auto Industries Ltd. Jamshedpur alongwith their Corporate HR and the Plant-Head on 18 & 19 January 2017. He interacted with the plant’s leadership team to provide inputs in the areas of Value Flow, Organisation Structure, Continuous improvement projects, Industrial Relations and Leadership Skill Improvement.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Major Developments and Trends in the Higher Education System

India’s 16-rung leap in the recently released Global Competitiveness ranking by the World Economic Forum points towards its sharp focus on improving competitiveness. Towards this end, institutions of higher education have a great responsibility in empowering students with intellectual skills and ability to research, communicate and solve problems, ready to take up challenges in a changing global world in which most future jobs have not yet been created.

The focal point of higher education is to provide quality of learning and innovation in all programmes and consider new areas of learning with all rigour and relevance.The youth of today are not averse to taking risksand a growing number are inclined to work on their own. On the academic side, students look for flexibilityand choices. The complexity of present day issues do not allow for a linear or ready-made formulae. Multi and inter-disciplinary universities, at par with international standards, are a growing trend, where individuals are not restricted by the boundaries of a particular discipline.

Technology, particularly Information Technology has been a game changer. It calls for a complete re-engineering of educational processes and systems, both in content and style of delivery. The informational role of a teacher is giving way to a broader role of a mentor. ICT is encouraging self-learning and helping students acquireself-upgrading skills. Internationalization of education is one of the major trends in the Indian higher education sector. All measures to supplement faculty resources by reputed foreign faculty has the potential to bring in a fresh approach to pedagogyand research, one of the strongest pillars of any university.

Focus is on practical orientation and outcome based education. Students get an opportunity to come up with practical and realistic solutions.‘Learning by doing’  validates theoretical concepts in the curriculum.The Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are the latest trend. They are breaking the barriers of geography and are accessible anytime anywhere.They have easily brought the best universities within the reach of students. MOOCs which were introduced by UGC in 2016 are ready to take off in a big way. 

Institutions of higher education have to change and prepare students for the future by identifying and preparing students for futuristic jobs and opportunities. Trends to watch out for in 2017:
  • More concern with enhancing employability and encouraging entrepreneurship in a big way 
  • Course content aligned to changing industry needs 
  • Introduction of more inter-disciplinary courses, courses at the boundaries of intersecting disciplines
  • Enhanced seamless vertical and horizontal mobility to create intellectual, economic and social value
  • Learning rather than teaching to be the guiding principle for tomorrow in a 24x7 e-learning environment.
  • Institutions of higher learning to offer an immersive learning environment that simulates realistic scenarios
  • Use of Open Educational Resources (OER) that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared by users
  • Students to be imparted smart skills such as Machine Learning, Robotics, Business Analytics, Big Data Analytics, Gaming Skills, Critical Analysis skills and more.
  • Attracting the very best minds to the teaching profession by not only offering reasonable economic compensation but respect of society and peer groups to teachers

The sheer scale and diversity of the current Indian higher education scenario presents a significant challenge for the educator.

Rekha Mathur

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Leading the NorthCapians to the World of Creativity, Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Dr Sushmita Biswal Waraich
School of Management,
The NorthCap University, Gurugram

We all know that the world around us is moving faster than ever before. The world of business is galloping too and competition is the buzz word today. If it was rightly said by Plato, the great Greek Philosopher, “Necessity is the mother of invention”, I wouldn’t be mistaken saying that competition is the mother of innovation. Innovation hasalways played a very crucial role in contributing to our existence. But today innovation is no more a luxury. It has become a necessity for survival or to surge ahead of competition while fulfilling the unmet needs of the society. Innovation is no more a privilege of the developed countries. Rather, in India, we have creative minds to work on frugal innovation and of late, the trend of “reverse innovation” has been catching on. Here, we, as academicians, play an active role in moulding the young minds to think that each one of them play an important role when it comes to innovation and not to be left to only a few countries or for that matter to a few people. Big business houses no more can be complacent about being innovative, being challenged by companies of the start-ups. Every business/sector, small or big, is desperate about coming up with new ideas. When the heat is felt by businesses, how can employees escape? The millennials who are going to either join businesses or work for their own business need to have an innovative and entrepreneurial bent of mind.

Keeping abreast with the time, the School of Management (SOM) at The NorthCap University, one of the leading management institutions in Delhi NCR, has been floating, of late, anelective course titled “Creativity, Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship” (CILE). The class comprises students from different branches from the School of Engineering and Technology. Right from the beginning, the diversity factor is being taken care of which is an essential contributor to environment of creativity. At a time when India is featuring in top three countries of the world in terms of tech start-up hub, next to US and UK, offering such a course is an USP for School of Management.

When the course commences, the initial classes are dedicated to making the students understand creativity. Here the students are exposed to a number of exercises in order to identify their own uniqueness in thinking. Even if there would be a handful of students who are able to come out with unique solutions the rest are at least stimulated/motivated to think on those lines. Many come to know, at that moment about their unique talent, never realized before. Then they get to learn about the world of innovation through different projects.

They realise that coming up with innovative idea(s) is not enough.Just an innovative idea is not enough to sustain.Business is all about implementation.This is where they are exposed to the process of entrepreneurship. Knowledge of business, management, operations, etc.are equally important! Moving on to the world of entrepreneurship they get to learn about the challenges faced, business models etc. Here they get insight into the entrepreneurial process. At the same time they are made to realize that everything said and done, the leader plays a key role in fostering innovation as well as taking the business ahead.

In order to impart the course, the different teaching methods include lectures, case studies, assignments, live projects, classroom exercises, group discussions and seminars. The course equips the students with a conceptual base to understand importance of creativity and innovation and application of the same in business/enterprise and to be taken forward by a dynamic leader – be it as an employer or as an employee. Throughout the course, students are evaluated on their ability to understand concepts, keeping abreast of the happenings across the world and applying the concepts and techniques learnt in the class to real world problems.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Workshop on ‘Cyber Security Essentials’

As part of our Academic Outreach activities, the Cyber Security team of Department of CSE & IT conducted a workshop on ‘Cyber Security Essentials’ at Delhi Technical Campus, Bahadurgarh, Haryana on 8 November 2016. A team of three members, namely Dr Prachi Ahlawat, Dr Shilpa Mahajan and Ms Mehak Khurana interacted with the students of the institution and demonstrated the theoretical as well as practical applications of Cyber Security. The workshop was attended by about 50 final and pre-final year students who got a hands-on experience on the fundamentals of cyber security. The students appreciated the workshop and asked for more such sessions in the future. 

As part of our Academic Outreach efforts, the Cyber Security team of NCU has been conducting such workshops at various institutions in Delhi/ NCR.